Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

It was a lovely early evening in Greenfield, Massachusetts, around 3:30 yesterday, November 18, when I took these photos of a beautiful part of my commute to and from work. A few miles from here, it isn't so pastoral, with plenty of traffic mediated by traffic lights and a Wal Green on the corner.  But this is a slice of paradise. And if you head northwest via the back roads, there are plenty of things to see in daylight and sometimes things to avoid at night, such as deer. I love where I live. And I am grateful every day for it.







Peace and Love,
Pagan Sphinx



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday, Joni Mitchell

November 7, 1945

 Joni Mitchell is an accomplished singer, painter, poet and photographer.
For all things Joni, visit the official homepage JoniMitchell.com

Both Sides Now I 
1999

 (Self-Portrait)

 Joni Mitchell at the gala concert held in her honor in January of 2007.  Singer-songwriters, friends and musicians serenaded Mitchell with renditions of some of her most memorable songs. James Taylor, Herbie Hancock and Chaka Khan.   

 And next, a good-quality clip of Joni performing Sunny Sunday from her 1994 release Turbulent Indigo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Artist of the Week and ABC Wednesday

R is for Redon

Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916) was a French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.


"A title is justified only when it is vague and even aims confusedly at the elliptical. My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor..."

Beatrice
 1885
pastel over charcoal; private collection

The Golden Cell
1892  
Oil and gold metallic paint on paper prepared with white ground;The British Museum 
"The value of art lies in its power to increase our moral force or establish its heightening influence."



The Boat, aka with Carona

1898


"While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt."


Ophelia
c. 1900-05 
 Pastel on paper mounted on board, The Woodner Collection 

"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance. But the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."  ~ Redon
 Flower Clouds
1903
Pastel; The Art Institute of Chicago
"What distinguishes the artist from the dilettante? Only the pain the artist feels. The dilettante looks only for pleasure in art."

Le Bouddha (The Buddha)
c. 1905 
Pastel on paper; Musee d'Orsay, Paris 

"I await joyous surprises while working, an awakening of the materials that I work with and that my spirit develops."


Red Boat with Blue Sail
1906-07 
Oil on canvas,  Private collection 
Silence (Le silence)  
1911
Profile and Flowers 
1912  
Pastel on paper, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX 
"I have a feeling only for shadows."
 
The Red Sphinx
c. 1912 
Oil on canvas,Private collection 


Anemonies In A Blue Vase

If you'd like you can also check out The Pagan's Eye, my blog of original photos. This week, there are several photos shot in rural Southern Vermont. I snapped a moment of Austrian old world charm we came upon while taking a Sunday drive and explored the history of the Green River Bridge and Timber Crib Dam, which was our destination.

 Peace to everyone out there in the world!


 
 
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Ms. Georgia O'Keeffe





November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986
American Artist 


Blogging lite today, my friends...blogging light.  ;-) 


All the love,
Pagan Sphinx

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